Five Easy Ways to Support the Movement
Even if your cultural organization is not presenting an activity this year, please consider supporting the Culture Days movement in these quick and easy ways:
If you have 1 hour:
Send an e-newsletter, or post a note to your blog or Facebook group showing your support of Culture Days and highlighting some activities of interest. Invite your readers to share their recommendations and discuss their picks. Encourage the public to explore and lead by example: demonstrate your adventuresome, culturally-curious spirit. For example:
- "Friends of the ABC Festival are organizing activities for Culture Days. We’re looking forward to attending these events, and we hope you are too!” List activities briefly.
- Feature a list of Best Bets curated by your featured artist, curator, artistic director or another spokesperson. “This is the fifth time that the massive Canada-wide weekend-long celebration known as Culture Days will take place. I’ll be going to activities to learn more about art forms, artists and community groups that are unfamiliar to me. On my list of Must Do, are the following... Please post your recommendations on our Facebook page; I’d love to compare notes with you.”
- Get creative! Try using a fictitious character from an upcoming production to make witty or interesting commentary about Culture Days activities. This is a fun and subtle way to promote your programming and increase your readership’s engagement.
If you have 30 minutes:
Consider re-packaging that newsletter for a media release. Or write a media release congratulating the thousands of organizers that are producing the thousands of free activities being offered to the public, highlighting some friends (artists, former or current staff) involved in the movement. This is another subtle way to promote your work and raise the profile of your organization indirectly.
If you have 15 minutes:
Take 5 minutes two or three times a week to tweet or post a message on Facebook. You can visit the Find Activities section at culturedays.ca, look for one or two activities and use the social media buttons available right on that page to comment on why this activity interests you. Ask a question, praise the photo or activity idea, or simply recommend it!
Tip: If you don’t already, try using TweetDeck or HootSuite or a similar program, so you can just schedule your tweets or Facebook posts in advance. No need to remember to do it again later.
If you have 5 minutes:
Forward a Culture Days newsletter to your mailing list with a personal note of recommendation. Get a PDF copy or web link to our newsletters here.
And of course ...
Get out during Culture Days! Get the family together or go off and treat yourself to a cultural adventure in your own community on the Culture Days weekend.
Originally submitted to the Culture Days blog, September 7, 2010.